• Course development awards, including course research funding, pedagogy support, and experiential learning assistance for faculty and other instructors interested in developing and teaching new Chicago-focused courses for students in the College

Grants to Support Chicago-Focused Course Development

Now in its tenth year, Chicago Studies offers curricular and para-curricular opportunities for students in the College to discover, study, engage in, and positively influence programs and outcomes in Chicago. With its extensive portfolio, Chicago Studies promotes Chicago-focused courses via the Chicago Studies course cluster and Chicago Studies Quarter; encourages Chicago-focused undergraduate research through individual advising, an annual research prize, and the publication of an undergraduate journal; sponsors an interdisciplinary academic certificate; and organizes regular events supporting student and faculty engagements.

We propose to enhance faculty participation in undergraduate courses and research set in Chicago. The city of Chicago offers unique opportunities of civic engagements, intellectual, historical, and cultural explorations, and inquiry of urban issues. To facilitate student applications of urban ideas in the city of Chicago, we are pleased to announce the availability of funds to support a new series of course development (and re-development) grants for the Chicago Studies Program. These grants will be allocated to the development of new or significantly enhanced curricular offerings in the Chicago Studies cluster of courses across the College.

The grants will be awarded with the following priorities:

  • Humanistic, social scientific, or STEM-focused explorations taking Chicago as their principal focus, particularly from disciplinary perspectives currently underrepresented within the Chicago Studies course cluster;

  • Introductions and critical analyses of theoretical, historic, artistic, or methodological frameworks applicable to the study of Chicago and other cities, again with a focus on Chicago or its use as a significant example;

  • Rigorous interdisciplinary explorations of one or more urban issues or themes presented with Chicago as a focus or a significant example; and

  • Active engagements of students in academic community-based learning that attempts to apply theoretical constructs to real-world issues in Chicago with the goal of reciprocal benefit to students and community partners.

The Chicago Studies Course Development Grant may include up to $5000 for the recipient of this research stipend and may fund teaching assistance, course development research, excursions, speaker fees, specialized instruction or supplies, and other types of engagement throughout the course term. To apply, please submit your information on the webform below.

Course Development Grants Portal

Chicago Studies can award up to $5000 per course, including but not limited to monies for course development research, experiential learning project development/supplies, costs associated with field trips and guest speakers, etc.
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